Assistant Animal Keeper

gegründet 1990
Limbe Wildlife Centre
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Koordinator | Marie Claire
Koordinator | Marie Claire
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Care for over 15 primates species!
Work in conservation and rehabilitation centre. Our aim is to one day release the animals in our care!
Since its start in 1993, the LWC has rescued more than 4,500 animals of various species!
Explore the local village with fellow volunteers!
Meet like-minded volunteers from all over the world!
Assisting our keepers during their daily tasks including cleaning cages, preparing food, monitoring animals, preparing enrichment, repairing climbing structures. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Alter 18+

The basic volunteer job is one of an assistant animal keeper. This will involve shadowing our keepers during their daily tasks (cleaning cages, preparing food, monitoring animals, preparing enrichment, repairing climbing structures, etc...). The LWC houses many species and each species has its own section. However, depending on your field of expertise or interests you can, at the discretion of the management, become involved in other areas too, such as our education program, the veterinary care of the animals, enclosure construction projects etc... The work is physically demanding and often dirty. There are numerous rules which volunteers must follow.

While volunteering at the centre, it is important to remember that most of the animals were a victim of illegal poaching, captured as innocent youngsters and their mothers often brutally killed before their eyes. Most were subjected to a harsh, cruel and lonely life before being rescued by the LWC where they can now enjoy a rich nutritional diet, large enclosures and the company of their own species, resulting in good health, both physically and psychologically. In addition to this we would like to highlight that all funds received from volunteers go directly to paying for animal care at LWC.

Since its start in 1993, the LWC has rescued more than 4,500 animals of various species. Although we focus on primate rescue and rehabilitation, we accept all species that arrive as a result of confiscation by authorities or surrender by individuals.

The Limbe Wildlife Centre is a conservation and rehabilitation centre, and our aim is to one day release the animals in our care. If you are expecting to interact directly with animals (touching, petting), this project is not for you. For the welfare of the animals in our care, we have very strict rules regarding animal interaction and you may be asked to leave the project if these rules are broken. 

Currently we care for 15 species of primates:
  • Central and Nigeria-Cameroon Chimpanzee
  • Western Lowland Gorilla
  • Drill
  • Mandrill
  • Olive Baboon
  • Agile Mangabey
  • Red-Capped Mangabey
  • Mona Monkey
  • Moustached Guenon
  • Crowned Monkey
  • Preuss Monkey
  • Two subspecies of Putty-Nosed Monkey
  • Red-Eared Monkey
  • Tantalus Monkey
  • Patas Monkey

In addition, we care for a variety of non-primate species, including:
  • African Grey Parrot
  • African Rock Python
  • Home’s Hinged Tortoise
  • Black Hinged Terrapin
  • Serrated Tortoise
  • Blue Duiker
  • Red Duiker
  • Bushbuck
  • African Civet
  • Dwarf Crocodile
  • Nil Crocodile
  • And others....
All new volunteers are expected to do a 5 day quarantine period when they arrive in Limbe. You can still explore the bustling seaside town of Limbe and Cameroon, but whilst the COVID-19 pandemic is ongoing we want to protect our animals and our staff.

Working Days 1 -3:
All new volunteers are required to work in the animal food preparation area / kitchen. This not only gives volunteers the chance to learn and
understand the importance of nutrition at the LWC, but also allows management to ensure that each new person is in good health before
coming into contact with the animals.

Working Days 4 - 13:
You will be allocated to a section in which to shadow a keeper. 

The five sections are as follows:
1. Guenons and Mangabeys
2. Drills, Mandrills and Baboons
3. Chimpanzees
4. Gorillas
5. Quarantine

Whilst working in each section, you must ensure that you carefully follow the guidelines given by the keeper you are working with. Do not approach animals unless you are given permission.

Days 14+:
After completing all five sections you will have the opportunity to discuss with the head keepers any areas you are particularly interested in. Depending on the needs of the centre at that time, the head keepers will try to offer you the opportunity to work in the area(s) of your choice.

There may also be the opportunity to participate in our education programme depending on what time of year you volunteer. Our programme runs from October - March. 


Days start at 8am. After the morning meeting you will be assigned to a section to begin the daily work. During the morning volunteers work with the keepers to clean the enclosures, provide food and browse to the animals, and undertake any other necessary tasks. 

Break for lunch 12pm - 1pm. Cameroonian lunch is provided but volunteers are welcome to bring their own lunch if preferable. 

Some hours in the afternoon are less busy, and sometimes the keepers will be involved in activities that you cannot be a part of. During the afternoons we ask volunteers to undertake activities including: making enrichment, working in the gift shop, helping to cut browse, assist with construction, and any other activities that may take place in the afternoons. The head keeper will tell you what time you will do each activity. They will need to assist you when handing out your enrichment items.

Afternoon feeding 4pm. 

Work day ends between 4:30pm - 5pm. 


The Limbe Wildlife Centre is located in the town of Limbe in the South West Province of Cameroon, about an hour and a half drive away from Douala. The nearest airport is in the city of Douala. Limbe is a bustling fishing town, population approx. 50,000 people. Limbe is a very friendly town, with beautiful botanic gardens, bars, restaurants and a good atmosphere. The beaches outside of town are good for swimming.


Um an diesem Programm teilzunehmen, musst du zu Programmbeginn mindestens 18 Jahre alt sein. Es kann Ausnahmen geben, wenn du die Erlaubnis deines/r Erziehungsberechtigten vorlegen kannst oder wenn du von deinen Eltern begleitet wirst
Du brauchst folgende Sprachkenntnisse: Englisch (Fortgeschritten)
Benötigte Unterlagen
CV, Cover letter, TB test, HIV test und Health check
Es gibt keine Beschränkungen. Helfende Hände aus aller Welt sind willkommen.
Andere Fähigkeiten
Some relevant experience is beneficial but not necessary.
Deine Hilfe wird an folgenden Tagen benötigt: Dienstag, Mittwoch, Donnerstag, Freitag, Samstag und Sonntag von 08:00 - 16:30


Dienstleistungen von Limbe Wildlife Centre
The cost of volunteering at the centre depends on the length of your stay. This fee covers accommodation costs and helps to provide adequate food, enrichment, infrastructures and care for the animals. Be aware that when you transfer money to the LWC,there may be transfer fees involved. The amount differs and depends on your bank.
Abholung vom Flughafen Douala Airport

We will arrange airport pick up but at an additional cost. 

Usually, volunteers choose to stay in the volunteer house, located a short 10-minute walk from the project. Volunteers are provided with a clean basic room in a large house with a shared bathroom (cold shower) and self-contained kitchen. 

There are also local hotels for an additional cost. The volunteer house is the property of LWC and all fixtures and furniture must be respected and treated accordingly so that other volunteers can enjoy them in the future. If there are any issues with materials in the house, you must inform management. The volunteer house is quite spacious and you should be able to cohabit with everyone peacefully. All volunteers share use of the kitchen and other common areas. There are three common bathrooms: two inside the main house and one outside, reserved for outside rooms.

When staying in the volunteer house, it is important to remember that you are living with other volunteers. It is of the upmost importance to respect one another, clean up after yourself and keep the house and compound clean.

Keep all food tightly contained, as bugs can get very bad, especially if there are sugary foods unsealed. Consider buying plastic bags or Tupperware to further seal foods, and keep what produce you can in the fridge if there is room. Label your foods and try to keep track of what are yours and others’. Volunteers may be willing to share things but always ask first and make sure to repay them or trade as soon as you are able. Try to share the kitchen space equally. Always clean up your dishes after using them, as dirty dishes make the bugs much worse. There are often some cooking oils and spices for everyone’s use, and all dishware and cutlery is to share, unless otherwise labelled. Make sure you arrange whose space is whose in the fridge. There is also a small oven and two double gas stovetops.

Three times a week, a house cleaner will clean the house and wash the bed sheets. It is up to volunteers to do their own laundry unless you arrange it specifically with the cleaning woman prior. She generally charges 2,500CFA per load, depending on the size. Detergent can be bought at most

Cameroonian lunch provided on work days. 

Limitierte Verbindung vor Ort
Was ist NICHT inklusive?
Visa, Flüge, Reiseversicherung und Impfungen sind NICHT in den Programmgebühren enthalten.
Der nächstgelegene Flughafen ist Douala Airport (DLA) in Douala. Wir helfen dir günstige Flüge nach Kamerun zu finden.
Ins Ausland zu gehen ist ein Abenteuer, auf das man sich stets gut vorbereiten sollte. Plötzliche Krankheit oder Verletzung, Stornierung oder Diebstahl - eine Reiseversicherung für Kamerun bietet die nötige Sicherheit.
Bevor du deine Freiwilligenarbeit in Kamerun antrittst, solltest du dich noch einmal von deinem Arzt beraten lassen und deine erforderlichen Impfungen für Kamerun überprüfen.

Termine & Preise


Informationen zur Anreise

The management or other volunteers will be able to help you in your first days. They will show you around at the centre and tell you where to buy things and exchange money. 

Volunteers can arrive any day. We arrange for a driver to collect volunteers from the airport and drop them off too. This is for an additional fee. 
Jan Feb Mär Apr Mai Jun Jul Aug Sep Okt Nov Dez
2 - 12 Wochen


Kosten: Preise in USD
2 Wochen (Mindestaufenthalt)
3 Wochen
4 Wochen
6 Wochen
8 Wochen
12 Wochen (Maximaler Aufenthalt)
Durchschnittliche Gebühren
$320 /Woche

Bitte beachte, dass die oben angegebenen Gebühren geschätzt sind. Limbe Wildlife Centre wird dich während deines Bewerbungsprozesses über die endgültigen Programmgebühren informieren.
Anzahlung (15%)
Mit der Anzahlung reservierst du deinen Platz beim Freiwilligenprogramm. Zahlungen werden von PayPal abgewickelt, unserem vertrauenswürdigen globalen Zahlungsanbieter. Falls du keinen PayPal Account hast, kannst du die Anzahlung auch mit einer Kreditkarte bezahlen.
Restzahlung (85%)
Deine endgültige Zahlung vereinbarst du mit Limbe Wildlife Centre während des Bewerbungsprozesses. Normalerweise handelt es sich um eine Banküberweisung oder eine Barzahlung am Projektstandort.

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